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Prismatic EcologyEcotheory beyond Green$
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Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679973

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679973.001.0001

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(p.252) Ultraviolet
Prismatic Ecology

Ben Woodard

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the interconnections between nineteenth-century German philosopher F. W. J. von Schelling’s Naturphilosophie or dynamics of nature coupled with the dynamics of the idea; Johann Wilhelm Ritter’s body; and the phenomenon of ultraviolet radiation. Following from these interconnections, it posits an ultraviolet ecology that would reveal the deeper dimensions of the seen by the unseen as well as expose unthought unseens and the possible connections between actualities already known. It shows historically and aesthetically how the connections and disconnections between thoughts, things, and thoughts and things is complicated in terms of an unseen connectivity of nature (Schelling’s speculative Naturphilosophie) and the apparent or visible discontinuity (Ritter’s body) of ecological practice (Ritter’s experiments).

Keywords:   ultraviolet radiation, F. W. J. von Schelling, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, Naturphilosophie, nature, ultraviolet ecology

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